Oregon State Finishes Seventh Overall at Pac-10 Championships; Qualifies Five Events for NCAA's

Feb. 26, 2005

Federal Way, Wash. - Oregon State qualified five events for the NCAA's in the closing two days of the Pacific-10 Championships Friday and Saturday evening at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Wash. Senior All-American Mari Embertson qualified in the 400 Individual Medley, 200 Individual Medley, while freshman Courtney Eads qualified for the 500 freestyle, 200 freestyle, and the 200 butterfly.

Courtney came here as a proven swimmer, I am glad to see she was able to follow up on her potential. OSU head coach Larry Liebowitz said. 'Mari was an All-American last year and she really proved her stuff this year.'

Saturday marked yet another day in which the Beavers performed in season ending fashion. In the 1650 freestyle, sophomore Sandy Hong turned in a personal record time of 16:51.08 to finish 12th in the event. The personal record time moves Hong up to second all-time in the event behind Naya Higashijima.

'She said that she was jinxed in this pool, Liebowitz said of the Washington native. 'So it was real nice for her to break thought.'

Freshman Courtney Eads led all OSU swimmers with a ninth-place finish in the 200 butterfly where she touched the wall with a time of 2:00.60, her second fastest time of the year in that event. Juniors Monika Miroslaw and Christina Kinney also finished strong in the event with 14th and 20th-place finishes behind Eads. To round the high finishers for Oregon State, Ausra Pacebutiate finished 19th in the 100 backstroke and senior Kristin Huston finished 15th in the 100 freestyle.

Oregon State failed to qualify a relay for the NCAA Championships at the meet. Qualifying a relay was amongst the major goals of the season, but the Beavers aren't allowing it to take anything away from their season success.

'We still achieved many of our goals,' Liebowitz said. 'We came in seventh at the meet and we scored over 500 points.'

'Its disappointing to not qualify a relay squad, but I am not disappointed in the effort of the girls throughout the season and their willingness to take on such a goal, we just didn't get it done. It will remain a goal for next year.'

Combined Team Scores - Through Event 211. Stanford University 14992. University of Arizona 12373. Univ of California, Berkeley 1088.54. Univ of Calif, Los Angeles 9865. Univ of Southern California 954.56. Arizona State University 926.57. Oregon State University 504.58. University of Washington 4689. Washington State University 334